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TX 288 Toll lane to start mid 2016

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1 hour ago, JLWM8609 said:

 

FYI: The Gulf/Ace Hardware is getting ready to close in preparation of the new ramp. Employees don't know when the closure is happening, just that it'll be "any day". Everything in the Ace  Hardware portion of the store is 25% off.

I visited sometime late last year, no pics, but I got to see it at least!

 

 

1 hour ago, JLWM8609 said:

 

Not necessarily. The schematics I've seen for the project don't show the mainlanes being rebuilt. The mainlanes may be a mess in some places where they have to shift the traffic to make room for construction of the toll lanes. Once they're done with the project, most of those mainlanes will be restriped to their original condition or possibly given an asphalt overlay. 

I don't know, in Pearland they had the ramps all torn up and even started to take down part of the outside retaining wall.

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11 hours ago, JLWM8609 said:

 

FYI: The Gulf/Ace Hardware is getting ready to close in preparation of the new ramp. Employees don't know when the closure is happening, just that it'll be "any day". Everything in the Ace  Hardware portion of the store is 25% off.

Of course they would have a everything must go sale right after I bought hardware

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Don't want to sound like a concrete junkie, but those long concrete highway blocks are beautiful.  Drove on 610 & 288 this morning.

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Does anyone know if they will be putting feeder road along 288 between 610 and the beltway? I see dirt being moved along the side of the freeway, but there is no clear indication from the renderings (drive288.com is seriously lacking imo). There is definitely enough room and would help with congestion I think. 

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3 hours ago, ekdrm2d1 said:

 

Drove on the new ramp today. You can clearly see both the TMC and CBD skylines. Must be up really high!

You can see the 610 ship channel bridge from the ramp from 610 EB to 288 NB. You couldn't see it before on the older ramp. These new ramps are pretty high, but since the interchange is a four level stack, the ramp is not as high as some of the ramps on the Beltway's five level stacks. I also like the geometrics of the new ramp. 

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9 hours ago, kennyc05 said:

Why didn't they keep the old interchange?

To accommodate the relocated mainlanes and add connections to and from the new toll lanes. They're also throwing in a direct connector to Almeda Rd.

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10 hours ago, JLWM8609 said:

To accommodate the relocated mainlanes and add connections to and from the new toll lanes. They're also throwing in a direct connector to Almeda Rd.

Oh ok thanks!

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What's that large orange machine located at 610 & 288? Probably to pull up the concrete freeway sections? Believe it’s named TNT

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They're closing the trench in midtown this weekend, though no clues in the email for what

 

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Friday, October 19 (9 pm) - Monday, October 22 (5 am)
- Complete continuous closure of IH-69 Southbound from IH-45 Gulf to SH-288
Detour: Proceed on SH-288 South to  IH-610 west and continue to IH- 69 north and south connectors.
- Complete continuous closure of IH-45 Northbound Connector Ramp to IH-69 South
Detour: Proceed on IH-45 North to IH-610 IH-610 west/south to IH-69 north and south connector.
- Complete continuous closure of IH-45 Southbound Connector Ramp to IH-69 South
Detour: Proceed on IH-45 South to IH-610 west to IH-69 north and south connector.
- Complete continuous closure of SH-288 Northbound Connector Ramp to IH-69 South
Detour: Take IH-45 north connector and continue north to IH-10 west to IH-610 west loop south exit ramp. Continue on IH-610 south to IH-69 north and south connector

 

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Got on 288 north from the South Loop.  As I climbed the ramp, was stunned at the skyline view. Has anyone photographed Houston from this angle? A restaurant or night club in a mid to highrise at this location would have a magnificent view of the Houston skyline.

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One of our drone operators needs to take a video from this angled height. It's remarkable because not only do you see downtown and the med center, but you also get Galleria/Uptown and Greenway Plaza in the view. It's an amazing angle and height for a better informed understanding of how Houston is slowly filling in from all directions.

 

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The new in bound off ramp at Holcombe  for the med center on 288 that is under construction now is going to have a spectacular view of downtown. Since it's going over the freeway it has a nice elevation to give an  unencumbered view of downtown from the southeast and  a relatively clear shot. 

 

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